This years event is being hosted by CIG-NL (Canadian Institute of Geomatics Newfoundland Branch) and will be held in historic downtown St.Johns Newfoundland and feature 150 years of geomatics in Canada …
Drone Aerial View of Signal Hill Newfoundland
Signal Hill is a scenic hill that overlooks the city of St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador. Cabot Tower situated on the highest point of Signal Hill was built between 1897-1900, to commemorate both Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s (Giovanni Caboto) voyage to the New World.
It is often considered a must stop location for anyone visiting Newfoundland because of it’s history and the spectacular scenic view.
The video below is a scenic aerial view of Cabot Tower captured with a Phantom 2 drone and GoPro Hero 3 that provides a view of Signal Hill that most people will probably have never viewed before.
[source: chingascook62 ]
Last month at the Canadian Association of Geographers conference in St.John’s, Newfoundland, a group of concerned geography educators came together to discuss deficiencies in geographic knowledge, work on a strategy and create an action plan to help geographic education in Canada. The group are concerned that people do not understand that geography is not just about maps, but the ability to understand and analyze spatial related issues and approach them from a geographic perspective. Knowing more about geography and the world around us can help us cope better with flooding and natural disasters and use the power of location to help make better decisions. The St. John’s Declaration is a document that resulted from the meeting that will be sent out to all the major educational institutes and professional organizations to seek their endorsements for the cause.
“The Canadian GIS & Geomatics website has been a long standing supporter of Geography & GIS Awareness in Canada, and in support geographic learning, teaching and research that is the foundation of the Canadian geomatics sector, supports the St. John’s Declaration for Advancing Geographic Education.”
I am sure that over the next few months you will be hearing much more about the St. John’s Declaration and you may also be asked to endorse and show your support for better Geographic education in Canada.
Below is the exact content from the St. John’s Declaration (download PDF version) about the St. John’s Declaration.
St. John’s Declaration (Help Improve Geographic Literacy in Canada)
ADVANCING GEOGRAPHIC EDUCATION FOR CANADIANS
At a special meeting organized by the Canadian Association of Geographers and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a community of geographic educators came together to create an agreement and action plan for geographic education for Canadians.
Our goal is to advance geographic education in Canada.
We affirm that spatially literate citizens are essential to the future of Canada, and in particular
- the development of a coherent and relevant geographic education is essential to understand and address the issues faced by a rapidly changing world;
- geographic education is built upon the fundamental elements of location, interaction, community, people, place, space and environment;
- there is an urgent need to improve, update and advance geographic education in the context of economic, social and environmental issues facing Canadians and Canada in a global arena;
- studying the world, its people, communities and cultures with an emphasis on relations of and across space and place are crucial;
- spatial thinking increasingly informs scholarship in the natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences and humanities; it is also closely associated with science, technology, engineering and mathematics;
- Canada will remain a leader in science and technological innovation with the development of geography in areas related to geospatial technologies and Earth observation.
We have therefore agreed that we will
- inspire Canadians to value geography and spatial thinking;
- promote geography as a discipline that integrates the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities;
- provide leadership in geographic education across Canada;
- enhance support for geographic educators; and
- support geographic education research.
|James Boxall, Canadian Geomatics Round Table|
Norm Catto, Memorial University
Laura Power Crawley, Memorial University
Rodolphe Devillers, Canadian Institute of Geomatics
Karl Donert, European Association of Geographers
Dan Duda, Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives
Darryl Fillier, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Lew French, Ontario Association of Geographic and Environmental Education
Al Friesen, RCGS Literacy Award recipient
| Brent Hall, Esri Canada|
Amanda Hooykaas, Canadian Association of Geographers
Niem Tu Huynh, Association of American Geographers
Peggy March, Canadian Geographic Education
Lynn Moorman, Canadian Geographic Education
Stuart Semple, Mount Allison University
Bob Sharpe, Canadian Association of Geographers
Mary Jane Starr, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
Kim Wallace, Educational Consultant
Canada is certainly not an old country when compared to many others like France or the UK but it has been around long enough to have some very interesting history.
Here are some historic aerial images of major cities in Canada. It is interesting when you compare some of these with modern maps and aerial images, as then you can get a real appreciation on what urban sprawl looks like and how cities develop and spread over time.
The Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) provide a service where you can obtain your own colour printed reproduction of any of the listed images below [note: the images that the links below point to are actually only thumbnails of the actual images that they repoduce]. Maps ordered are printed on acid free 70 lb paper with a size of about 55 X 70 cm. For more information about how to order historic map prints go to the ACMLA site
Calgary, Alberta 
Dawson City 
Halifax, Nova Scotia 
Hamilton, Ontario 
London, Ontario 
Montréal, Québec 
Ottawa, Ontario 
Ottawa, Ontario 
Québec City, Québec 
St. John’s, Newfoundland 
Toronto, Ontario 
Vancouver, British Columbia 
Waterloo, Ontario [189?]
Winnipeg, Manitoba 
Also remember to check back to the new Historic Cartography section as more content is added weekly.
[image source: acmla.org]
Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN)
Location: St. John’s, Newfoundland
Program: GISciences Diploma Program
MUN GISciences Diploma Program
The diploma program in Geographic Information Sciences (GISciences) at Memorial is an intense 30 credit program offered to students that are currently registered in a Bachelor of Arts or in a Bachelor of Science Degree (Also can be offered to students whom have already completed a degree at another recognized university (see their web site for more details) .
The program is made up of a from a variety of cartography, geographical information systems, and remote sensing courses along with two field courses that help provide students with real world opportunities to apply skills and knowledge learned in class.
Students will learn to compile geo-referenced databases, design and produce maps, analyze data in geographic information system environments, produce digital elevation models, and extract information from aerial photographs and satellite images.
Department of Geography
St. John’s Newfoundland
email@example.com (709) 864-7417
See the Course Web Site for more details.
[source: mun.ca ]
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